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The 15 Best Luxury Spas in the Bay Area

All the best places to relax— either in the city or within an hour's drive.

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Are you constantly looking for a reason to book a spa day? (Something wonderful happened. Something terrible happened. You got hired. You got fired.) Stop. It's okay to pamper yourself just because you need occasional pampering. And if you're going to treat yourself, we have a few recommendations for the best places to go in and around San Francisco. From Sonoma to San Jose, the East Bay to Half Moon Bay, here are 15 luxury spas to choose from for your next mini-retreat.

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The most Zen escape you'll find on a former military base. Services include a lymphatic detox facial and a Buddha belly massage for the pregnant among us. Hang out in one of three relaxation rooms until you've OD'd on bliss. Photo: Senspa

Hotel Vitale

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You can count on Joie de Vivre hotels for a unique experience, and Spa Vitale, though littler than the rest, will not disappoint with deep outdoor soaking tubs and amazing views of the Bay Bridge. Photo: Hotel Vitale

Spa Radiance

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This spa is for the client who wants serious luxury and serious anti-aging treatments. The Peel Bar has you covered from melanin lifts to microdermabrasion. The mud and scrub bar will have your skin gleaming. Photo: Spa Radiance

The Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa

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When you need a break from from wine tasting, wander over to the Lodge at Sonoma's Raindance Spa. Skincare treatments are $145 for 50 minutes and $195 for 80 minutes, and add-ons like a Moroccan Oil scalp massage or peppermint foot scub are only $20. Photo: Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma

Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa

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For an East Bay spa retreat, try the spa at the Lafayette Park Hotel. One of this spot's best-kept secrets is its menu of discounted midweek treatments. From Monday through Thursday, any 50-minute treatment is $95 and any 80-minute treatment is $135. Even if you can't ditch work on a weekday, you can indulge in a selection of shorter facials and massages anytime for $65. Photo: Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa

Cavallo Point Healing Art Center & Spa

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Travel + Leisure ranked this luxe getaway fourth on its list of the best hotel spas in the US. Local travel blogger Emily Martin of The Jetsetting Fashionista agrees: Cavallo Point is the place to be for a "luxurious, high-end experience." Best of all, it's only a short jaunt across the bridge. But be warned: The Healing Arts Center & Spa will undergo a facelift this spring and will be closed from March 2 – 20. Photo: Cavallo Point

International Orange

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Tucked away in the Fillmore, International Orange is a yoga studio plus full-service spa. We recommend yoga first, then choose from an assortment of essential oils to bliss out further with a massage. Photo: International Orange

Remède Spa

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Champagne and truffles are served before your customized beauty treatment or massage. Whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas, and a gorgeous pool await after. Before your next shoulder-baring vacation, try the Customized Body Polish— a 60 minute treatment that will gently resurface your skin. Photo: Remede

Bliss Spa at W San Francisco

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WIth 16 locations nationwide, Bliss is like the college friend you reconnect with in major cities. The San Francisco location has a boutique with your favorite at-home Bliss products, three movie-while-you-manicure nail stations, nine treatment rooms, and men's and women's lounges with adjoining outdoor escapes. Open until 8pm Monday—Thursday and 9pm Saturday and Sunday, it's a reliable choice for a last-minute treatment. Photo: Bliss Spa

Nob Hill Spa at The Scarlet Huntington

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Located in the Huntington Hotel, Nob Hill Spa is consistently ranked among the top spas both in San Francisco and the US. Doesn't an arctic berry body scrub sound delicious right about now? Photo: Nob Hill Spa

Sense Spa Menlo Park

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A hot spot in Menlo Park for both tech titans and ladies who lunch, with amenities like a movement studio, fitness center, and courtyard spa café. Recovering from a hard week? Set yourself up with the Rosewood Retreat, a 5-hour package of the spa’s premier services: The Signature California Woods’ walnut scrub and full-body massage followed by a 90-minute transforming Rosewood Custom Facial, and California Woods Signature Manicure and Pedicure. Photo: Rosewood Hotels

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

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Head to this ocean-side retreat for one (or more) of the spa's famous treatments, like the Ocean Mist Stone Ritual. (Mimosa sugar scrub + warm Vichy waterfall + mimosa oil and hot stones. Um, yes.) Pro tip: guests with a valid California driver’s license who live in the Bay Area get a 15% discount Monday through Thursday on any a la carte services in the spa or salon. Photo: Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

Spa at Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

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Indulge in a de-stressing massage and body cocoon at this Market Street mainstay. Now operated by Equinox Sports Club, you can choose among massage, facials, reflexology, medical rejuvenation therapies, aromatherapy, wraps and more. Photo: San Francisco Wedding Fair

Burke Williams Spa

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The Beauty Vanity blogger Alyson Alconis recommends this Silicon Valley spot for its treatments, ambience and customer service. Located in the upscale Santana Row shopping center, the spa boasts over 12,000 square feet and a 50-member staff. When booking your service, don't forget to treat yourself to a fancy spa bath add-on.

Spa Nordstrom - San Francisco Centre

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Because there's nothing more luxurious than capping off a day of shopping with an organic aromatherapy massage or Fountain of Youth facial. When you don't have time for a lengthy treatment, this spa offers 30-minute mini-treatments for $70 and less. Courtesy photo

Senspa

The most Zen escape you'll find on a former military base. Services include a lymphatic detox facial and a Buddha belly massage for the pregnant among us. Hang out in one of three relaxation rooms until you've OD'd on bliss. Photo: Senspa

Hotel Vitale

You can count on Joie de Vivre hotels for a unique experience, and Spa Vitale, though littler than the rest, will not disappoint with deep outdoor soaking tubs and amazing views of the Bay Bridge. Photo: Hotel Vitale

Spa Radiance

This spa is for the client who wants serious luxury and serious anti-aging treatments. The Peel Bar has you covered from melanin lifts to microdermabrasion. The mud and scrub bar will have your skin gleaming. Photo: Spa Radiance

The Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa

When you need a break from from wine tasting, wander over to the Lodge at Sonoma's Raindance Spa. Skincare treatments are $145 for 50 minutes and $195 for 80 minutes, and add-ons like a Moroccan Oil scalp massage or peppermint foot scub are only $20. Photo: Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma

Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa

For an East Bay spa retreat, try the spa at the Lafayette Park Hotel. One of this spot's best-kept secrets is its menu of discounted midweek treatments. From Monday through Thursday, any 50-minute treatment is $95 and any 80-minute treatment is $135. Even if you can't ditch work on a weekday, you can indulge in a selection of shorter facials and massages anytime for $65. Photo: Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa

Cavallo Point Healing Art Center & Spa

Travel + Leisure ranked this luxe getaway fourth on its list of the best hotel spas in the US. Local travel blogger Emily Martin of The Jetsetting Fashionista agrees: Cavallo Point is the place to be for a "luxurious, high-end experience." Best of all, it's only a short jaunt across the bridge. But be warned: The Healing Arts Center & Spa will undergo a facelift this spring and will be closed from March 2 – 20. Photo: Cavallo Point

International Orange

Tucked away in the Fillmore, International Orange is a yoga studio plus full-service spa. We recommend yoga first, then choose from an assortment of essential oils to bliss out further with a massage. Photo: International Orange

Remède Spa

Champagne and truffles are served before your customized beauty treatment or massage. Whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas, and a gorgeous pool await after. Before your next shoulder-baring vacation, try the Customized Body Polish— a 60 minute treatment that will gently resurface your skin. Photo: Remede

Bliss Spa at W San Francisco

WIth 16 locations nationwide, Bliss is like the college friend you reconnect with in major cities. The San Francisco location has a boutique with your favorite at-home Bliss products, three movie-while-you-manicure nail stations, nine treatment rooms, and men's and women's lounges with adjoining outdoor escapes. Open until 8pm Monday—Thursday and 9pm Saturday and Sunday, it's a reliable choice for a last-minute treatment. Photo: Bliss Spa

Nob Hill Spa at The Scarlet Huntington

Located in the Huntington Hotel, Nob Hill Spa is consistently ranked among the top spas both in San Francisco and the US. Doesn't an arctic berry body scrub sound delicious right about now? Photo: Nob Hill Spa

Sense Spa Menlo Park

A hot spot in Menlo Park for both tech titans and ladies who lunch, with amenities like a movement studio, fitness center, and courtyard spa café. Recovering from a hard week? Set yourself up with the Rosewood Retreat, a 5-hour package of the spa’s premier services: The Signature California Woods’ walnut scrub and full-body massage followed by a 90-minute transforming Rosewood Custom Facial, and California Woods Signature Manicure and Pedicure. Photo: Rosewood Hotels

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Head to this ocean-side retreat for one (or more) of the spa's famous treatments, like the Ocean Mist Stone Ritual. (Mimosa sugar scrub + warm Vichy waterfall + mimosa oil and hot stones. Um, yes.) Pro tip: guests with a valid California driver’s license who live in the Bay Area get a 15% discount Monday through Thursday on any a la carte services in the spa or salon. Photo: Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

Spa at Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

Indulge in a de-stressing massage and body cocoon at this Market Street mainstay. Now operated by Equinox Sports Club, you can choose among massage, facials, reflexology, medical rejuvenation therapies, aromatherapy, wraps and more. Photo: San Francisco Wedding Fair

Burke Williams Spa

The Beauty Vanity blogger Alyson Alconis recommends this Silicon Valley spot for its treatments, ambience and customer service. Located in the upscale Santana Row shopping center, the spa boasts over 12,000 square feet and a 50-member staff. When booking your service, don't forget to treat yourself to a fancy spa bath add-on.

Spa Nordstrom - San Francisco Centre

Because there's nothing more luxurious than capping off a day of shopping with an organic aromatherapy massage or Fountain of Youth facial. When you don't have time for a lengthy treatment, this spa offers 30-minute mini-treatments for $70 and less. Courtesy photo